In addition to the frequently asked questions outlined below, several departments have compiled their own:
- COVID-19 Information for Graduate Students
- COVID-19 Information for International Students
- COVID-19 Information for Researchers
- Facilities Management: COVID-19 Information
- Human Resources: COVID-19 Information
- Instructional Continuity
- Registered Student Organizations: COVID-19 FAQs
- Study Abroad: COVID-19 FAQs
How can I help keep the MTU community safe?
Students, like faculty and staff, will be expected to do daily symptom monitoring, wear a face covering, adhere to six-foot social distancing guidelines, and volunteer to participate in random testing if asked. We know everyone is eager to return to campus, and we are counting on our Husky spirit and sense of community to guide our decisions in complying with these public health guidelines. To encourage everyone to do their part, Husky face coverings will be distributed to students and employees.
There are also students working in teams on a variety of plans to hold themselves and each other accountable (where appropriate). For example, one group has drafted a pledge for everyone in the community to sign. By signing the pledge, you commit to doing your part to keep the community safe by adhering to the practices that will limit the spread of COVID-19.
Will MTU know if I complete daily symptom monitoring?
Yes. Students will need to do Duo authentication to access the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form. When a student submits the form, the fact that symptom tracking has been completed is stored electronically and securely.
What will happen if I don't complete daily symptom monitoring?
Failing to complete the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form could impact your access to Canvas. Canvas access will be available only to students who complete the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form daily.
This does not apply to students who are taking online classes only. Additionally, if a student has been asked to quarantine or isolate for displaying symptoms of COVID-19, they will not lose access to Canvas during the 14-day quarantine or isolation period.
What if I have symptoms associated with other health issues (such as allergies)? Should I still report them?
If you can attribute your symptom or symptoms to something other than COVID-19, you do not have to mark those symptoms on the Daily Symptom Tracking Form.
For example, if you have a runny nose and know the runny nose is due to allergies, you do not have to mark the box next to “congestion or runny nose” on the symptom tracker.
I filled out the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form, but it did not ask me to sign in. Did my response get recorded?
Yes. The symptom tracker does not ask you to sign in if you are already signed into another campus system that requires SSO login (e.g., Banner, Canvas).
What should I do if I start to feel sick?
If you are feeling ill or need medical care, please reach out to Upper Great Lakes Houghton Family Health Center at 906-483-1860, or your preferred medical provider. You should also make sure to record your symptoms using the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form. For more info on what to do if you feel sick, visit the Sickness and Isolation Tips page on the MTU Flex website.
How will Michigan Tech communicate information about cases of COVID-19 on campus?
Michigan Tech will communicate confirmed COVID-19 cases through the COVID-19 Testing Statistics web page on the MTU Flex website. This web page will be updated every Tuesday and Friday at 6 a.m.
To protect the individuals’ privacy, Michigan Tech will release no details regarding the identity of individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
Employees and students who have received a COVID-19 test, regardless of the results, are asked to inform the University via the new Report a COVID-19 Test Form.
What is a Care Kit? How do I get one?
Prevention Care Kits were distributed to students at the start of the fall semester.
Isolation Care Kits will be distributed to students who are asked to self-isolate or quarantine. Each Isolation Care Kit will include a face covering, hand sanitizer, a multi-use thermometer, surface spray cleaner, laundry detergent, and a card listing Michigan Tech-specific resources.
Even though Michigan Tech intends to provide Isolation Care Kits to students who need them, the University strongly recommends that students have a bag packed and ready in case they need to isolate or quarantine. If you're not sure what to pack, suggested Isolation Supplies are listed on the MTU Flex website.
What is a COVID-19 High Risk Accommodation? How do I request one?
COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations are reasonable modifications or adjustments to a learning environment, job, or work environment intended for MTU students and employees (including student workers). To qualify as high risk, you should either belong to an at-risk population identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or have an at-risk person in your immediate household.
Students can request academic COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations by contacting the Coordinator of Student Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees and student workers can request workplace COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations by contacting the ADA Coordinator at email@example.com.
Testing, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine/Isolation
Will I be able to get tested for COVID-19?
Yes. There will be a concentrated effort around testing students upon their return to campus in August. We are working to make it as easy as possible for you to be tested — and retested, as needed.
For more info on how to get tested this fall, visit the COVID-19 Testing Information for Students page on the MTU Flex website.
What happens if a student in a residence hall tests positive?
If a student living in a residence hall tests positive for COVID-19, they will be moved to an isolation space where they will self-isolate for the required time period defined by the Health Department. During their isolation, meals will be delivered and a Residence Education staff member will check on the student daily. Additional resources and services will be provided based on the expressed needs of the student. If the student who tests positive has a roommate, the roommate would be provided with recommendations from the Health Department. They might suggest a test, self-isolation, or a move to an isolation space as well. We are securing space to isolate at least 100 COVID-19 positive students at any given point in time. All COVID-19 positive students who are in residential housing will be moved to one of these isolation spaces.
Will contact tracing be done if someone tests positive?
Yes. Contact tracing will be done to identify anyone who has come into close contact
(closer than six feet for more than 15 minutes) with a person confirmed to have COVID-19.
These contacts will be notified by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD).
To protect the individuals’ privacy, Michigan Tech will release no details regarding the identity of individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
How long do I have to quarantine or isolate?
Because COVID-19 symptoms can appear from two to 14 days after exposure, Michigan Tech requires individuals to stay quarantined for at least 14 days. You cannot end your quarantine early for any reason, even if you test negative for COVID-19.
Michigan Tech requires individuals to stay isolated for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. You cannot end your isolation early for any reason, even if you test negative for COVID-19.
When does my quarantine or isolation end?
You must have permission from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) or the contact tracing team to end your quarantine. After you complete the full 14-day quarantine period, if you have received permission, the quarantine period ends the next day (Day 15).
You must have permission from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) or the contact tracing team to end your isolation. After you complete the full 10-day isolation period, if you have received permission, the isolation period ends the next day (Day 11).
Health and Safety Levels
What are the Health and Safety Levels?
The Health and Safety Levels will guide our behavior on campus this fall. More information is available in the Return to Campus - Health and Safety Levels Protocol, or on the Health and Safety Levels web page located on the MTU Flex website.
The current campus Health and Safety Level will be posted on the MTU Flex site, the mtu.edu home page, and communicated via email, text messages, and digital signage.
Our goal is to open safely in the fall and to keep our campus community safe — both
to protect individuals' health and to keep our campus open and educating students.
Michigan Tech's return to campus will be informed by state orders/guidelines and University health and safety evaluations.
How will movements between Health and Safety Levels be determined?
Movements between Health and Safety Levels will be determined by the COVID-19 public health situation on campus and in the community, the fall academic calendar, and the strength of the local health care system. These decisions will be made in real time by campus leadership, using data from MTU's testing program (symptomatic and asymptomatic), data from Houghton county, including health care capacity (which has remained strong so far), and giving consideration to the academic calendar and the likelihood of travel.
Will outbreaks in the region or on other campuses affect MTU's Health and Safety Level?
Outbreaks in Houghton County are important to Michigan Tech's Health and Safety Level to the extent they restrict the health care capacity in the community and increase the risk to students and employees engaging with the community. Michigan Tech is in regular contact with the area health care providers and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, and is monitoring the community health and health care capacity on an ongoing basis.
Outbreaks on other campuses alone are not likely to significantly affect Michigan Tech's Health and Safety Level. If we have individuals traveling to or from a campus with an outbreak, targeted additional protective measures are likely, and could range from heightened screening to testing to quarantine.
Face Coverings and Personal Safety
Do I need to wear a face covering on campus?
If the Health and Safety Level on campus is set to Levels 2-5, the answer is yes.
For Levels 2-5, if you can medically tolerate it, you must wear a protective face covering indoors, unless you are alone in your residence hall room or office with the door closed. Face coverings are required in common areas, meeting rooms, teaching spaces, restrooms, and in hallways. Face coverings are not needed outdoors, as long as you are able to stay six feet apart. If six feet of distance cannot be maintained, face coverings must be worn.
If the Health and Safety Level on campus is set to Level 1, you are encouraged to wear a protective face covering indoors, and outdoors where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. However, you are not required to do so.
Students and student workers who are medically unable to tolerate wearing a face covering can request a COVID-19 accommodation. To request an accommodation for academic reasons, contact Student Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. To request an accommodation for the workplace, contact Michigan Tech's ADA Coordinator at email@example.com.
What should I do if someone on campus is not following face covering requirements?
Not everyone is able to medically tolerate face coverings, and we ask you to always assume the best of people. And, please remember that face coverings do not have to be a mask—bandannas and similar face coverings are permitted.
If you have concerns regarding ongoing interactions with an employee not in compliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report any chronic concerns regarding students to the Dean of Students office at email@example.com.
How can I keep myself safe?
Practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, and take responsibility for your personal safety by cleaning surfaces and frequent touchpoints, like doorknobs and light switches.
And, comply with the safety protocols required by Michigan Tech's current Health and Safety Level. For more information, please see the Return to Campus - Health and Safety Levels Protocol.
As part of the Health and Safety Levels, everyone on campus who is medically able to do so must wear a face covering when indoors and maintain a six-foot distance from others at all times, both indoors and outdoors. Watch for posters, floor markings, and other signs to help you remember to do your part.
Cleaning and Maintenance
How will classrooms be cleaned?
Michigan Tech will use disinfectants approved to kill SARS-CoV-2 by the EPA. When we return to face-to-face teaching, classrooms will be cleaned daily, and instructional personnel will be asked to use sanitizing wipes on any shared classroom equipment such as computer keyboards, mice, and document cameras before and after each use. High-frequency touchpoints will be wiped on a regular basis throughout the day, but users should always treat these touchpoints as having the potential for harboring the virus and take steps to protect themselves.
How often will bathrooms be cleaned in academic buildings and residence halls?
Bathrooms in academic and administrative buildings will be cleaned once a day, five days per week, which has been our usual schedule during non-pandemic times. Bathrooms in the residence halls will be cleaned twice a day, seven days per week, which is a higher frequency as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA).
How will doorknobs, water fountains, and other high-contact areas be cleaned?
A specific plan will be put in place for public spaces, water fountains, and other high-contact areas. Building custodians will be sanitizing high-frequency touchpoints such as water fountains, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, and handles more frequently.
Events and Activities
What will events look like during the fall?
Significant effort has been directed toward providing resources and support for the more than 230 clubs and organizations on campus so they can operate responsibly while adhering to six-foot social distancing guidelines. To introduce these clubs to new students, K-day will be virtual with smaller in-person interest fairs, like a day for club sports or cultural organizations, offered throughout the fall.
Similarly, we have purchased a new web-based platform to host our fall Career Fair, allowing employers to host students at specific times over two days. In addition, all of the support we provide students in preparation for the Fair will continue both virtually and in smaller in-person sessions.
Finally, the Parade of Nations will be interactive and allow students to travel around the world without leaving Houghton.
Does Michigan Tech have a schedule of virtual events available?
Yes, we do. You can find a schedule of virtual events on our virtual engagement calendar. This calendar was set up for Michigan Tech students who aren't able to or prefer not to attend events in person this fall.
I want to be involved in student leadership. How will MTU Flex impact student leadership opportunities this fall?
Leadership Opportunities will continue to be numerous at Michigan Tech. The HuskyLEAD program will offer virtual workshops throughout the semester to enhance students' leadership skills, and Undergraduate Student Government liaisons, advisors, and student reps will continue their work whether Huskies are on campus or remote.
What about campus events and social life?
We've already started offering exciting interactive events, including our 20th annual Design Expo competition for undergraduate engineering projects and the Spring 2020 graduation celebration. We'll continue to bring Huskies together in fall 2020, whether in person or virtually. Every one of our 244 registered student organizations, as well as our fraternities and sororities, will put their own spin on MTU Flex. And as always, students will continue to come together for spontaneous online events, including Virtual Trivia Nights and poetry readings.
What about athletics?
All Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference sports competition has been suspended until January 1, 2021. For more information, view the press release on the official Michigan Tech Huskies website.
What guidelines will be in place for student organizations this fall?
To ensure registered student organizations (RSOs) operate safely and efficiently this fall, we are planning for every possible scenario. We’ve created a few resources to help you plan for what your RSO operations may look like.
Can my group get together on campus?
Michigan Tech's Health and Safety Levels will determine whether group gatherings are permitted and how many people are allowed to gather indoors and outdoors. To see the current Health and Safety Level and group gathering limitations, visit the Health and Safety Levels web page on the MTU Flex website.
When group gatherings are allowed, group members must maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others when gathering, whether the group is meeting indoors or outdoors. If the gathering takes place inside, face coverings must be worn. Face coverings are not required outdoors, unless group members are not able to maintain six feet of distance.
To check the status of events, visit the Departments, Events, and Services: Status Updates web page.
What defines a group gathering?
Any social gathering or organized event attended by people from different households is considered to be a group gathering. Limitations on group gatherings do not apply to classrooms, the workplace, or incidental gatherings in public places, such as the grocery store.
Will the Quad Core be open in the fall?
The Quad Core Fitness Center will be closed at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. But, we may be able to open it and make optional memberships available for purchase later in the semester. If the Quad Core spaces do open, there will be additional guidelines in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More info will be shared with students later this summer and in early fall.
What academic support services are available if I'm not on campus?
All Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success staff members are available virtually to support students and their families with the transition to University life and the navigation of its many challenges and opportunities.
Virtual appointments with Academic Success Coaches are available to help you with time management, study skills, and skills and habits that support academic success.
The Excelling the Student Experience of Learning (ExSEL) Program offers academic support through services including: Frameworks for Success (UN 1000) course, peer mentoring, one-on-one staff support, academic progress monitoring, and campus resource referrals.
Husky Hour Workshops are available virtually through Zoom to help you develop good academic, wellness, and mental health skills. These workshops are designed to help you find success and enjoy your time more thoroughly during your years at Michigan Tech.
Are health and wellness services available?
Can I continue appointments with Counseling Services if I'm learning remotely?
Yes. Counseling Services staff are available through online video conferencing platforms and over the phone for Michigan residents. If you reside elsewhere, staff can help identify mental health providers in your area. To schedule a virtual appointment, please contact Counseling Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2538.
Will I still be able to connect with a peer mentor?
Yes, peer mentoring services will be offered virtually.
The Husky Connect peer-to-peer mentoring program provided by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion will continue to support incoming, underrepresented minority students, including domestic ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ students, and women.
ExSEL Peer Mentors will still meet weekly online with new students who are enrolled in the ExSEL program. It is the peer mentor's goal to support new students both socially and academically during their first year at Michigan Tech.
Will I be able to access Career Services?
Yes. All services provided by Career Services are available virtually and staff are eager to connect with you.